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1 week ago

First Strike game adds two new superweapons for global destruction

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The dark-yet-compelling strategy game First Strike has been updated to version 1.2, adding quite a few features. You'll find new defensive capabilities, new weapons, and bunch of interface tweaks in the path to global domination through nuclear warfare.

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1 week ago

Microsoft Store to sell Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker for $69.99 Friday, or $49.99 in-store

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Microsoft has started teasing Friday's "12 Days of Deals" promotion that will offer a Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker for just $69.99 both online and in-store, with an even lower price of $49.99 for folks who are first in line to get the speaker at their local Microsoft Store location.

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1 week ago

Microsoft buys HockeyApp to help expand its support for Android app developers

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Microsoft has today announced the acquisition of Stuttgart, Germany-based company HockeyApp, which provides Android developers with detailed app crash reports, along with a way to distribute beta versions of those apps. The specific financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the announcement.

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1 week ago

Gmail adds Gaeilge (Irish) to list of supported languages

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The folks at Gmail are upping supported languages once again, toady adding Gaeilge (Irish) to the list. With Gmail now available in 71 languages, around 95% of the world's internet population is represented. Gaeilge joins the likes of Cherokee, Mongolian, Zulu, and many others.

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1 week ago

YouTube gets offline viewing support in India

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Google announced that YouTube would be getting an offline playback mode in India during the launch of the Android One initiative in the country earlier this year, and the feature is now rolling out to users. The ability to save videos for offline viewing is not limited to Android One handsets, and is available to all users in the country.

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1 week ago

Qualcomm announces addition of Category 9 Carrier Aggregation to Snapdragon 810 processor

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Qualcomm has announced today that their Snapdragon 810 processor will be adding support for LTE category 9 Carrier Aggregation connectivity. The Category 9 capabilities have been validated in various tests with commercial network and test equipment companies, and the 810 processor has shown download speeds of up to 450 Mbps across three LTE carriers — making it the first Snapdragon processor to support Category 9 Carrier Aggregation.

The LTE-advanced modem is also backwards compatible with current technologies including GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVDO, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA/HSPA+. Qualcomm says they expect the new hardware to be available to customers in early 2015.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 back in stock on UK Play Store, but you won't get it until next year

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The Nexus 6 is back in stock on the UK Play Store, but you probably won't get it in time for the holidays. The listing mentions that the device will leave Google's warehouses in three to four weeks.

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1 week ago

Minecraft creators Mojang release their next game, Scrolls, for Android tablets

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As previously announced, Minecraft developer Mojang have released only their second internally developed game, Scrolls, for Android tablets. The game is available to download from the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

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Sony SmartWatch 3

Android Wear gains standalone GPS in a watch that mostly favors function over form

When it comes to smartwatches, you can sort of break things down into three camps. There's the rubber strap crowd — functional, but not all that stylish. There's leather, which classes things up a good bit but doesn't necessarily work on every watch. And then there's those who prefer a steel bracelet.

I've very much found myself in that latter group. Living in a humid climate, leather just tended to stick to my arm more than I preferred. And rubber was fine, but I wanted something looked a little better.

So I was a little surprised by how much I've enjoyed wearing the Sony SmartWatch 3.

As the name implies, it's the third smartwatch from Sony, and its first to run Android Wear. And it actually marks the start of what we'd consider to be Version 1.5 of the Android wear era.

And this, now, is our Sony SmartWatch 3 review.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's MSN suite of apps are now available on Android

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Microsoft has today launched newly rebranded mobile apps for Android and iOS. The company overhauled the MSN portal a few months ago, refreshing apps available on its Windows Phone platform. Rebranded apps include MSN News, Weather, Sports, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink and Money, most of which are available to download for Android hardware.

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1 week ago

Sail through the air and join The Snowman on his way to the North Pole

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With the festive holidays just around the corner, it's fitting to see the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog 2014 on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Updating the 2012 version, players can experience the world of The Snowman in 3D as they journey to the North Pole passing through new locations all rendered in the same beautiful hand-drawn style as the movie. It's the perfect way to really get into the festive mood.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Grand 3 sails through TENAA, is thinner and lighter than predecessor

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A new filing has been published over on TENAA, China's version of the FCC, showing off the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3. Samsung may be looking to cut its smartphone line-up in light of the company's slight financial downturn, but that seemingly won't halt Samsung from releasing new successors to popular handsets.

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 is now available in India through Amazon for Rs. 28,900

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The Nexus 9 has made its much-awaited debut in the Indian market today for Rs. 28,900 ($465). That price is for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version on Amazon India. The Play Store, meanwhile, still has the tablet listed as "Coming Soon."

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1 week ago

Xiaomi found to be infringing on Ericsson patents, faces sales ban in India

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After finding that Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi was infringing on select Ericsson patents, the Delhi High Court has issued an injunction against the vendor, which prohibits Xiaomi from selling, manufacturing or importing devices in the country. The ban is set to be in effect at least until February 5, 2015.

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1 week ago

Google injects Material Design into Chromecast, YouTube updates; Wallet makes shopping easier

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Google is doling out more Material Design love to a few more apps this week. Notably, the Chromecast and YouTube apps are updated with Google's new design language, with Chromecast expanding its screen casting capabilities to more devices. The third app, Google Wallet, is getting a more modest update by making it easier for customers to store and use both gift cards and loyalty cards.

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